Learning The Unforced Rhythms of Grace

While I, like everyone else, am sick of the ‘Christian Chicken Debacle of 2012’. I want to make sure that these grace-filled voices are heard above the thoughtless bickering.

So if you haven’t read these posts/articles, please take a few minutes to dig in and prayerfully consider what the unforced rhythms of grace might look like.

Rachel Held Evans’ When You Feel Out of Step With Your Religious Community

Matthew Paul Turner’s 5 Reasons Why The Church Failed Yesterday

Jen Hatmaker’s In The Basement and The Basement Manifesto

Andrew Marin’s My Quick Thoughts on Chick-Fil-A

I’d love to hear your thoughts. {As long as they are respectful, loving, and kind.}

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30, The Message

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • Having lived for 15 years outside of the U.S. I am saddened to see American Christians slide into issue driven ‘faith.’ How can this current debate fulfill the reality of ‘love one another.’ Why do so many scoff, leave, run away or turn aside? The gospel of sacrificial love is drowned in concept of making our moral stance known. When I read my Bible I hear a lot about making Christ known. Some of my dear American friends are caught up in this frenzy and I choose to remain silent on places like FB and hope when the intoxication dissipates I might be able to encourage them to look at a different perspective.

    • lindseynobles

      Me too!

  • Lindsey, I appreciate your willingness to share these thoughts from a different perspective than I’m used to reading or hearing. My wife and I have been in some long debates about the issue of gay marriage. In a few weeks, a gay friend who isn’t Christian will be visiting our home. This helps remind me that I will be engaging a person and not a cause when he comes. My first responsibility as a Christ follower is to love the person and to be both gracious and hospitable toward him.

    • lindseynobles

      I hope the visit goes well! 

  • Nancy Christman

    I am an owner of a Chick-fil-A franchise and I want to share what I wrote to my team members and the guest who frequent our restaurant.  

    “We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout by our loyal customers Wednesday. Our goal was to serve each and every customer with genuine hospitality. While we don’t release exact sales numbers, we can confirm that it was a record-setting day. Thank you. As we move forward I hope Grace is word we keep close. Yes, Chick-fil-A had a record day but this is about more than Chick-fil-A and we recognize that. People came to the restaurant for a variety of reasons. I can’t begin to name them all. Believe it or not some came just to eat and had no idea of what had transpired in the last few weeks. But the reason I ask for grace is this – there a good people on both sides of any debate; people with human hearts; hearts that rejoice but also hearts that ache. Today let’s acknowledge that while some may be rejoicing others may be hurting. So my prayer is we put grace in our hearts. I love the way Lutheran pastor and author, Peter Marty describes grace – “it rings with the priority of divine generosity, outpacing every other form of gift-giving ever known to the world. Though it defies any classification, grace is a beautiful word that has a way of intoxicating all who care to load up their hearts with the riches of faith.” You see, when it comes down to it – all we really have is this one life. How we live it is our choice. I believe every day God will confront us in the most difficult of circumstances of life and every day we will need to choose our response. And every day – if we are listening God will invite us out of ourselves long enough to engage someone – whose fears, wants, loves, and needs are at least as important as ours. When that happens, let’s choose grace over judgment, choose forgiveness over wrath, choose love over — everything. ~Nancy Christman

    • lindseynobles

      Nancy,  I loved this. It’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing this letter. I’m sure it was eye-opening to many who have judged the Chick-Fil-A contingency unfairly. 

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